My MAIIKE patchwork cotton & linen blanket which was part of a payment for cutting squares for MAIIKE quilts, before we decided to open a store... expansive labour! It has Belgian Linen & vintage cotton fabric (collected & some of it printed by Aly) with Creswick Wool lining.
My traditional hand made Turkish yellow silk satin quilt was part of my cousin's trousseau. She is much older than me & never married. It has cotton filling & lining. A flat sheet is hand stitched to cover & protect the back & the edges... yes you do need to unpick to wash & put it back on the same way, so most of the time it lives in an ordinary quilt cover. As a child, I used to sit in the middle of these quilts & watch my grandmother hand stitch the cover on. I miss her very much, she was a very talented & intelligent woman. The colourful patchwork prayer rug on the chest belonged to her. I am not sure if this one was made by her, but she used to make patchwork cotton quilts for everyday use - as satin is a bit delicate - especially for kids. I wish I had one of those. She made use of every bit of scrap fabric. Sustainability is not a new concept...
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Aly has a real black dog called Cindus... We call her Cindy. This is a photo of our puppy, also called Cindy - resemblance is uncanny - photographed by my new camera!!! Still haven't learned all the good stuff it can do yet, as we have been so busy lately; Aly had a baby on the same day Mick had an exhibition which I had to help set up with Ged, then there was a major trade fair, on the 13th we celebrated our store's first birthday, helped Aly move to a new studio on the weekend, been unpacking lots of new arrivals in store for the last week... & teaching in between. It is all good. I just need Thuy to teach me more tricks to use my camera which he actually recommended & purchased for me, I owe him (seriously do). I am sure he wouldn't approve of this photo - colours are not very true (I was experimenting), but it is the clearest shot I got!